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Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce!

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  • Something's Rotten at Mott's
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  • Tell the CEO of Mott's: Your workers are what makes your company successful. And you can't get away with screwing them over. Not on our watch!
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  • Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support
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Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work

For Mott's workers, these past few months have been far from sweet.

Even though the parent company of applesauce and juice-maker Mott's raked in $555 million in profits last year, it's trying to slash wages and is even scheming to take away its workers' pension plan!

For months, Mott's refused to negotiate in good faith with its workers. By May, 305 workers in Williamson, NY were left with no choice: go on strike, or take up to $1.50-an-hour pay cuts lying down. And now, as the strike heads into its tenth week, things took an abrupt turn for the worse: the company is hiring strike breakers – better known as scabs.(1)

Why? Because Mott's management thinks that in a depressed economy, they can get away with it! But they're wrong: we've got more than 100,000 committed activists on our side, and we're not giving up.

Tell the CEO of Mott's: Your workers are what makes your company successful. And you can't get away with screwing them over. Not on our watch!

We have a chance to make a real difference here, because pressure to resolve the strike is building every day. Both of the U.S. senators representing New York, the state attorney general, a gubernatorial candidate and even the New York City Council have all pressured Mott's to negotiate a settlement. (2)

And independent apple growers have strongly urged Mott's to return to the bargaining table – because Mott's is one of the largest buyers of apples in New York. Harvest season is coming up, and if the company doesn't come to an agreement with their workers soon, millions of tons of unsold produce could be left to rot on the trees. Hundreds of farmers could lose their livelihoods. (3)

Tell Mott's management to act now, before their hunger for money leaves Mott's workers and hundreds of farmers with nothing on their dinner tables.

Mott's has spent millions to build a wholesome public image. Every time a concerned buyer like you speaks out, Mott's is reminded that its sweet image is turning sour – and workers have a better chance of getting Mott's to resolve the strike!

Thanks for all you do to defend workers' rights across America.

(1)http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/want_a_job_motts_plant_in_wayn.html
(2)http://ufcwblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-york-city-council-bashes-motts.html
(3)http://www.mpnnow.com/opinions/x1609353789/Guest-essay-Apple-industry-urges-resolution-to-Mott-s-strike

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Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support, John Wojcik, People's World
Union leaders say that Mott's is doing what more and more corporations tend to do when joblessness, particularly regional unemployment rates, are high: cutting wages and benefits.